Josh Sargent scored his second international goal shortly after halftime to help the US national team to a 1-1 draw against Peru on Tuesday night at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field.
Edison Flores leveled late for Peru off an assist from Portland Timbers midfielder Andy Polo on a night when La Blanquirroja edged possession and chances.
Still, it was a much improved and more organized effort from the Americans than in their 4-2 loss to Colombia five days earlier.
Sargent rewarded that discipline with as goal four minutes after halftime, with the 18-year-old slotting home the service from Kellyn Acosta, a finish helped inside the left post by a fortunate deflection.
That goal stood until Flores popped up at the back post for a simple finish of Polo's service, finding space in part because of a run by Seattle Sounders forward Raul Ruidiaz to the near post.
- 49' - USA - Josh Sargent
- 86' - PER - Edison Flores
- THE BIG PICTURE: After seeing Los Cafeteros run rampant in Tampa last Thursday, a starting back four that included just six caps combined offered a far more organized defensive performance this time around, and something to build on. While Peru outshot the US 14-3, only three of those efforts were on target. The Americans' only goal conceded owed largely to a late lapse from relative veteran DeAndre Yedlin.
- MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Sargent certainly has the look of someone who will be a difference-maker for the Americans for a long time to come, and he joined some elite company in the process of scoring his second international goal.
- MAN OF THE MATCH: Cameron Carter-Vickers was the anchor of an extremely inexperienced back line that looked up to the challenge for the vast majority of the 90 minutes. Particularly impressive was the 20-year-old's ability to immediately adapt to a new center back partner in Aaron Long of the New York Red Bulls, who was making his US debut.
- USA: Thursday, November 15 at England
- PER: Tuesday, November 20 vs Costa Rica